BlackBerry suggests that those losing WhatsApp check out the cross-platform BBM

BlackBerry suggests that those losing WhatsApp check out the cross-platform BBM
Last week, we told you that WhatsApp was pulling support for a number of OS builds that are not heavily employed these days. That includes several older Android builds, Windows Phone 7.1, Nokia S40, Symbian S60, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10. This won't take place until the end of the year, but already BlackBerry is trying to come up with a replacement for the popular messaging app.

BlackBerry says that it isn't giving up. The company has told Tech Radar that its support for BlackBerry 10 is "unwavering." The company added that "We are actively exploring alternatives for BlackBerry users once support of WhatsApp Messenger for BBOS and BlackBerry 10 ends in late 2016."

BlackBerry sent out a couple of tweets last week. One passed along the message that BlackBerry is working on other options to WhatsApp. The second tweet pointed out that the Android powered BlackBerry Priv will still support WhatsApp, even beyond this year. BlackBerry does recommend that those losing WhatsApp support turn to its own cross-platform BBM.

If you are in danger of losing WhatsApp at the end of 2016, use the rest of the year to find a replacement that offers all of the features that you've come to know and love on the Facebook owned messaging app. And yes, you could start with BBM.


source: BlackBerry (1), (2) via TechRadar

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32 Comments

1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

BBM>>>WhatsApp

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

what? o.O

5. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

> means greater than, you didn't do well in math did you?

7. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

> is greater than, >>> Is a Java zero fill bit-wise right shift operator.

8. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I've seen formats of >=- and vice versa and even >> but never have I used >>> in my coding, what's that function for? And yes I've also done c++

10. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

As bits are shifted right with the >> operator the vacated bit is filled with the original sign bit. Java has a >>> operator that causes the vacated bit to be cleared to zero.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

I've never used WhatsApp, even on Android and iOS devices I own. No loss to me. BBM is much more feature rich, and is cross-platform for all to use, should they so choose. There are other alternatives as well.

15. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

It is a loss to me. I have a secondary BB Q5 only for whatsapp ( I heart physical keyboard) . Of course, by the end of the year I will most probably have a Priv rather than carry a flagship + Messenger so I guess it shouldn't matter to me either. Also BB OS supports android apps so people could always install the android APK.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm a physical keyboard man myself. We are a dying breed, but we're still here, lol. I own a PRIV and a Passport. And you're correct, since BB10 can install and run Android apk's, it's not really a loss for BB10 users.

20. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Of course, PA wont report that BB10 users can still use whatsapp. They are Anti BB/WP :P

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed! They most certainly are.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think it's quite that. You're just being paranoid.

29. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Nah. And please take your "they don't have marketshare anyway so it doesn't matter" comments somewhere else.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well that's not what I said but ok. Now that you mention it, it pretty much is true. They don't really have any market share compared to other OEMs like Apple, Samsung, and Google.

35. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

That is what you said to me on another BB article where PA made a mistake between BB OS 7 and 10. I don't really care who has market share. I own an iPhone, a galaxy and a BB. Well I really dont have the time to waste on you again. Cya.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Secure and usable by other platforms is what makes BBM a much better platform. It just needs to be able to be used as an sms client on Android to be perfect.

6. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

If that ever happens it'll lose its security, better off not being an SMS client

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's Blackberry. They can secure just about anything. Pretty sure they can make it work.

11. thowersome

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Good point, they even help out other companies in the security department bizblog.blackberry.com/2015/08/how-bes12-and-samsu​ng-are-teaming-up-to-make-knox-even-better/

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

SMS runs on GSM. BBM and every other IM service runs on data packets. There may be workarounds, but that means security has been compromised and that's a non-starter for BlackBerry.

13. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

for best security and features install telegram :) telegram>>bbm>>whatsapp

14. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Lol love the sarcasm hahaha

25. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Why do you think Telegram is more secure than BBM ? Just Curious . Not all people can contact you or even know that you use BBM if you don't give them your ID while Telegram like Whatsapp use your phone contacts. Also BB is known for security for over a decade and trusted by top companies and governments .

46. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Sorry for replaying late . But thanks for clearing your point.

28. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

The things they do to try and stay relevant.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

WhatsApp, right? The nerve of them!

37. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

If you're referring to blackberry, they are speaking the truth, there's nothing unreal about their statement, or are you talking about whatsapp?

34. T-Dizzle

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Does BBM support mms?

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

In the sense that you can send pictures, documents, and other files from one BBM user to another, yes. You can also use BBM to send messages to a recipients email address.

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